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The Exorcist III: Legion (2016)

William Peter Blatty's director's cut of "The Exorcist III" which was thought to be lost. Recovered and released in 2016 under its original title, this is the definitive cut of the film based on his novel "Legion".

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Credited cast:
George C. Scott ... Kinderman
Ed Flanders ... Father Dyer
Brad Dourif ... Father Karras
Scott Wilson ... Dr. Temple
Nancy Fish ... Nurse Allerton
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Peggy Alston Peggy Alston ... Mrs. Kintry
Ryan Paul Amick Ryan Paul Amick ... Second Dream Boy
Cherie Baron Cherie Baron ... Nurse
Barbara Baxley ... Shirley
James Burgess ... Thomas Kintry
Grand L. Bush ... Sergeant Atkins
Amelia Campbell ... Young Girl in Dream
Harry Carey Jr. ... Father Kanavan
Alexis Chieffet Alexis Chieffet ... Counter Attendant
John Coe John Coe ... Old Man in Dream
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William Peter Blatty's director's cut of "The Exorcist III" which was thought to be lost. Recovered and released in 2016 under its original title, this is the definitive cut of the film based on his novel "Legion".

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Flawed, but historically interesting
27 May 2017 | by bobcobb-84371See all my reviews

Judging from the two flicks he made, William Peter Blatty was a talented director. He had vision and ambition. But that didn't make him infallible. THE EXORCIST III is a case in point. The theatrical version was flawed and we loved to blame the "suits" who demanded changes and re-shoots. But now here's LEGION, the version Blatty intended to make and I'm sad to report that it's even more flawed than the theatrical version. The theatrical version had that silly exorcism at the end, which brought an up until that point thoughtful flick down to the level of bargain basement horror. But the ending of the director's cut isn't much better, it's extremely anti-climactic and a million miles removed from the theological ending of the book. Another big difference is that in the director's cut Brad Dourif plays both the Gemini Killer/Patient X and Karras. You gotta hand it to the "suits" at Morgan Creek who insisted on re-shoots with Jason Miller, because the going back and forth between Dourif/Gemini and Miller/Karras in the theatrical version works like a charm. That part is much better in the theatrical version.

What's great about EXORCIST III remains great in the director's cut: the performances, especially the lead role by George C. Scott, the eerie atmosphere and photography and the best jump scare I have ever seen.

All in all, EXORCIST III remains flawed in both versions. But it's great that we can establish that by ourselves, thanks to the good folks who assembled the director's cut from whatever crude material they could get their hands on. In that respect, it's mostly historically interesting.


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